Karen is a Lecturer in Early Childhood. Karen's first degree is in Early Childhood Studies which she completed at the University of East London. Karen was a Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at the University of East London for ten years before joining The Open University in January 2015. Karen has worked with children, parents and professionals in a variety of early years settings including local primary schools, nurseries, a women's refuge and child development centre. Karen has been awarded Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), and she is a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.
Karen's Doctorate in Education explores young migrant children's ‘funds of knowledge’ through documentary photography.
Karen is interested in how documentary photography can facilitate young children's voices and partcipation in Early Childhood.
Karen was awarded her Doctorate in Education:
'Exploring young migrant children's ‘funds of knowledge’ through documentary photography'
Horsley, K. (2022) Exploring Young Migrant Children's 'Funds of Knowledge' Through Documentary Photography. EdD thesis. The Open University. DOI: https://doi.org/10.21954/ou.ro.0001428d
In this qualitative participatory case study, the ‘funds of knowledge’ (González et al., 2005) of three young children, whose families have migrated to the UK, are foregrounded, and rendered visible, through documentary photography. The children’s intuitive and wise photography, at home and in a nursery, expresses the richness of their aesthetic authorial voices, with others, as pedagogical resources. At a time of unpreceded global migration, this study interweaves theoretical insights from early childhood, documentary photography and visual sociology, to offer a new framework for layered listening. The framework challenges deficit perspectives of diversity in ECEC with ongoing potential possibilities for re-imagined ECEC contexts as spaces and channels for ongoing conversation.
Karen's research has also explored the use of documentary photography to 'slow down' with practitioners and children:
Horsley, K. (2021) Slowing Down: Documentary Photography in Early Childhood. International Journal of Early Years Education. vol. 29, no.4, pp.438-454 [Online]. DOI: 10.1080/09669760.2020.1850430
Karen's research interests are: Young children's diverse voices and participation; visual research methods; participatory and creative approaches; young migrant and refugee children's funds of knowledge; visual stories, slow pedagogies; digital pedagogies; and globalisation
Karen's teaching interests and experiences span a wide variety of Early Childhood / Early Years modules with students on the Extended degree at the University of East London (UEL) and Undergraduates at UEL and The Open University.
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Karen holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGTLHE).
Slowing Down: Documentary Photography in Early Childhood (2021)
International Journal of Early Years Education, 29(4) (pp. 438-454)
Researching Children’s Curiosity and Imagination Through the Our Story Tablet App (2019-05-20)
Canning, Natalie; Horsley, Karen and Payler, Jane
BERA Research Intelligence(140) (pp. 22-23)
An innovative methodology for capturing young children’s curiosity, imagination and voices using a free app: Our Story (2017)
Canning, Natalie; Payler, Jane; Horsley, Karen and Gomez, Chris
International Journal of Early Years Education, 25(3) (pp. 292-307)
Remembering childhood: Do our memories and experiences influence our understanding of early childhood and our practice with young children? (2014-10-01)
Horsley, Karen and Penn, Helen
Management in Education, 28, Article 9(4) (pp. 175-179)
Using digital resources to document young children’s everyday moments. (2017-07-14)
In: Goodliff, Gill; Canning, Natalie; Parry, John and Miller, Linda eds. Young children’s play and creativity: Multiple Voices.
ISBN : 9781315446844 | Publisher : Routledge and The Open University
The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum in England: a missed opportunity? (2013-10-04)
Silberfeld, Carolyn Helena and Horsley, Karen
In: Ang, Lynn ed. The Early Years Curriculum: The UK context and beyond (pp. 12-32)
ISBN : 1408223325 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
The ‘Listening Project’: Seeing and hearing young children’s stories,voices and imaginations through documentary photography in one day nursery. Possibilities and dilemmas (2016-08-31)
In : 26th EECERA (European Early Childhood Education Research Association) Conference, 2016 (31 Aug - 3 Sep 2016, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland)
Children’s imagination and curiosity: Facilitating and documenting through technology (2016)
Canning, Natalie; Payler, Jane and Horsley, Karen
In : 26th EECERA (European Early Childhood Education Research Association) Conference, 2016 (31 Aug - 03 Sep 2016, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland)
Exploring Young Migrant Children's 'Funds of Knowledge' Through Documentary Photography (2022-03-17)
edd thesis The Open University
Seeing the bigger picture: exploring the knowledge and stories of young children from migrant backgrounds through documentary photography (2020-07-30)
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